Covid-19 Lockdown: Patients in Kanyakumari suffer as Tamil Nadu-Kerala border remains shut

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Amid the nationwide lockdown, residents of Kanyakumari in need of medical attention suffer as the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border continues to be sealed in a bid to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

John Rose, a 57-year-old Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) worker from Kanyakumari, had broken his ribs and has been undergoing treatment in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram for the past three months. However, he has not been able to visit the hospital in Thiruvananthapuram with the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border being shut.

John Rose was supposed to meet his doctors at PRS hospital, Thiruvananthapuram on April 13. However, his efforts to reach the hospital have failed not once but twice.

John Rose who has an underlying liver condition and diabetes had met with an accident while on duty in January. He fell off an electricity post.

“My husband has taken medical leave and is at home. We tried going for his treatment twice. The second time we took MLA’s letter with us too, but we were asked to return by Kerala police,” John’s wife Pushpam told India Today.

Congress MLA from Kanyakumari JG Prince had given a letter to John Rose to cross the Tamil Nadu border for treatment in Thiruvananthapuram.

“Despite the family having a letter from me. They were sent back. There are several hundreds of people suffering in Kanyakumari because of this issue,” JG Prince said.

“In this case, why is the Kerala government preventing us from availing essential medical treatment?,” the Congress MLA from Kanyakumari questioned.

JG Prince also alleged that a patient from Tamil Nadu, who was in a critical condition, had lost his life as he was not allowed to cross the border.

The Kanyakumari MLA also noted that Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said in a press conference that people will not be stopped at the border and will be permitted to avail treatment. “However, that is not happening in reality,” JG Prince said.

Several patients from bordering districts of Tamil Nadu go to Kerala for treatment from hospitals like PRS, Anantapuri and NIMS in Thiruvananthapuram.

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